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Mitt Romney is indicating he will not back away from his recent statement that “the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.”

This admission of basic scientific fact places him far to the left of today’s Republican Party. But even though he acknowledges its existence, he still rejects cap-and-trade, a carbon tax, and basically any serious policy of any kind that might actually bring emissions down. [Politico]

 

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When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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